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Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources
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Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

 

RESOURCES:

City of Jax | Department of Health | Price Gouging Hotline | CDC Website | World Health Org.


UPDATE 4-1-20: 

Saying it will have a major impact on people’s lives, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced a new executive order mandating that citizens remain at home except for critical and essential services, effective on Friday, April 3rd. Essential retail and commercial businesses that may remain open are: 

a. Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies; 

b. Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences; 

c. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing; 

d. Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; 

e. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; 

f. Gas stations; new and used automobile dealerships; and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, provided however that such businesses should ensure that customers practice the social distancing as advised by the CDC; 

g. Banks and related financial institutions; 

h. Hardware stores; 

i. Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures; 

j. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes; 

k. Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning and university, college, or technical college residence halls, to the extent needed to accommodate students who cannot return to their homes; 

l. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers; 

m. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements of Emergency Order 2020-1. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided , or at any other gathering site; 

n. Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home; 

o. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public; 

p. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences; 

q. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train; 

r. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children; 

s. Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities; 

t. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist with compliance with legally mandated activities; 

u. Landscape and pool care businesses , including residential landscape and pool care services; 

v. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. 

Child care facilities are encouraged to operate under these mandatory conditions: 

1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (inclusive of childcare providers for the group). 2. Children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another. 3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix or interact with each other. 

w. Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices; 

x. Pet supply stores; 

y. Logistics providers; including warehouses; trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers; 

z. Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications; 

aa. Provision of propane or natural gas; 

bb. Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above-listed activities; 

cc. Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building; 

dd. Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services; 

ee. Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses; 

ff. Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste; 

gg. Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services; 

hh. Private and municipal marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services, and other private outdoor recreational activities that comply with the spacing, maximum capacity and other requirements of federal, state and local executive orders and proclamations; 

ii. Hotels, motels, other commercial lodging establishments and temporary vacation rentals, subject to the requirements of Executive Order 2020-4; 

jj. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities; 

kk. Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries; 

ll. The sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized consistent with Executive Order 2020-1; 

mm. Firearm and ammunition supply stores; and 

nn. Businesses providing services to any local, state, or federal government, including municipalities, pursuant to a contract with such government.

LOCAL SPORTING EVENTS, CONCERTS, AND OTHER VENUES:

  • The Jacksonville Symphony has canceled all performances through the beginning of May. 
  • Welcome to Rockville has been canceled.  Ticket holders have options for a full refund or exchange. The promoter has outlined details here
  • Orange Park Mall will be temporarily closed until further notice for the safety of retailers, employees and shoppers. 
  • Multiple events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall have been postponed.  

    St. Augustine Amphitheatre Events: 
  • March 20 – Justin Moore & Tracy Lawrence 
  • March 21 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • March 22- St. Augustine Spring Record Fair 
  • March 22 – Blue October 
  • March 24 – Tuesday Night Market 
  • March 25 – Against Me! 
  • March 27 – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Old Crow Medicine Show (Rescheduled to August 20) 
  • March 28 – Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd 
  • March 28 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • April 3 – Dark Star Orchestra 
  • April 4 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • April 7 – St. Augustine EcoCinema presents “Plastic Paradise” 
  • April 10 – Colonial Church presents Good Friday Service (Rescheduled to April 2, 2021)
  • May 8 -- Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Events:
  • March 18 – Graham Nash (Rescheduled to November 12) 
  • March 19 – The Expendables 
  • March 20 – Steve Hackett 
  • March 22 – Graham Nash (Rescheduled to November 13) 
  • March 24 – The Music of Cream 
  • March 25 – Bruce Hornsby (Rescheduled to November 15) 
  • March 26 – Stephen Lynch 
  • March 28 – Pablo Cruise 
  • April 1 – Jimmie Vaughan 
  • April 2 – Hayes Carll 
  • April 3 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Rescheduled to August 21) 
  • April 10 – Leo Kottke (Rescheduled to June 21) 
  • April 13 – Justin Hayward 
  • April 17 - 19 – Apex Theatre Studio presents The Addams Family

  • Three Northeast Florida malls will be closing through March 29 due to the coronavirus pandemic. St. Johns Town Center, The Avenues and St. Augustine Premium Outlets will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will remain closed until March 29, Simon Property Group said.  Note: For the St. Johns Town Center, check with individual stores and restaurants before you visit, as some are staying open during this closure.
  • Cinemark Theatres is closing its Tinseltown and Durbin Park locations, effective March 18th. 
  • Regal movie theaters will be closing on Tuesday, March 17th, until further notice.  This includes Beach Boulevard, the Avenues and River City Marketplace. 
  • All AMC theatres are temporarily closed in accordance with local and federal guidelines. They will re-open when those guidelines allow. This includes Orange Park and Regency. 
  • The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is cancelling its performances through April 26, including the remaining week of its current show, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and its upcoming performances of “Singin’ in the Rain.” For those who purchased tickets to these shows, The Alhambra will offer a house credit toward a future show.
  • The Jacksonville Zoo, all city libraries and public parks will close at the end of Friday, March 13th, until further notice.
  • Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced on Friday, March 13th that operations at all city-owned venues will be closed indefinitely. This includes the Times Union Center, VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena and Daily’s Place. 
  • The PGA Tour has announced THE PLAYERS will be canceled. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or the PGA Tour will be refunded automatically. You’ll need to contact third-party vendors like StubHub or Vivid Seats directly if that’s how you purchased tickets. 
  • The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. Rescheduled dates will be announced and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For additional information including refund inquiries, please visit www.theamp.com
  • The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. Rescheduled dates will be announced and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For additional information including refund inquiries, please visit www.pvconcerthall.com.
  • The Florida Theatre has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. The Florida Theatre Administrative Office and Box Office are open for business if you have any questions. The box office phone number is (904)355-ARTS (2787)
  • The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show, April 3 to April 5 has been canceled. 
  • Due to current travel precautions, violinist Itzhak Perlman has decided to cancel a 6-city U.S. tour. including a March 19th concert at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
  • Michael Buble’s run of US tour dates beginning March 17th in Jacksonville through April 5th have been postponed, with new dates in the same markets to be announced shortly. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows.
  • The Jacksonville Icemen season will be suspended until further notice.
  • Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville has been postponed.
  • All libraries and the library bookmobile in St. Johns County are suspended.
  • The St. Johns County Pet Center is closed. 

SCHOOLS:

  • Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Florida Department of Education has rolled out additional guidance for the 2019-2020 school year. Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran says this will include keeping all public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 30. During this time, schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, the FLDOE says school districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30th.
  • The University of North Florida will conduct remote instruction from March 23rd through April 5th. All on-campus services will be extremely limited during this time. Students are encouraged to remain away from campus until further notice. 


CLOSURES:

  • St. Johns County says they are closing Tax Collector offices until further notice beginning at 5PM Thursday April 1st. Online and mail services are still available.
  • Clay County Emergency Management says they are closing playground equipment and any large sporting event field or court at parks in the county starting at sundown Monday March 30th. Green spaces will still be open for people to use.
  • JEA will close its downtown Customer Business Office (CBO), effective Monday, March 23. The office located at 21 W. Church Street will remain closed until further notice. Customers will continue to be able to pay their bills at www.jea.com, by phone and at over 200 locations throughout the Jacksonville area, including Publix and Winn Dixie. In addition, JEA call center agents will continue to be available to handle customer inquiries. To reach them, please call 904-665-6000 for residential customers, 904-665-6250 for commercial customers or visit www.jea.com.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling for bars and nightclubs to suspend operations for 30 days beginning at 5pm today (March 17th). He’s calling on restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, and screen all employees.  DeSantis also called on all public universities to go to remote learning for the rest of the spring semester.  
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the temporary ban on visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family cares, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes. This applies to the following individuals:  
    • Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not has had two consecutive negative tests results separated by at least 24 hours, any person showing or presenting signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection.
    • Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative is prohibited from visiting a facility for 14 days from their interaction with the infection individual.
    • Any person who has traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting for 14 days subsequent to their return to the United States.
    • Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting for 14 days from their return.
    • Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread is prohibited from visiting for 14 days once they’ve exited that community that’s been impacted.
    • Any person who physically resides in a community with confirmed community spread.

 

CANCELLATIONS: 

  • All public Masses are suspended in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of St. Augustine until March 31st.  Priests will still privately offer the Sacrifice of hte Mass daily for the needs of the Church. 
  • The Jacksonville Zoo, all city libraries and public parks will close at the end of Friday, March 13th, until further notice.
  • Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced on Friday, March 13th that operations at all city-owned venues will be closed indefinitely. 
  • The St Augustine Race Week Committee postponed all Race Week sailing and entertainment activities originally scheduled for March 14 through March 21. A revised date will be announced as soon as possible.
  • The Celtic Festival in St. Augustine on March 14 and 15 has been canceled. 
  • St. Augustine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled.
  • The Seafood Festival in St. Augustine on March 20 through 22 has been canceled.
  • The Rotary, Rhythm & Ribs Festival in St. Augustine has been canceled.
  • Carrie Clark Day at Clarke Park in Orange Park on March 14 has been canceled.
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are delaying the start of the season indefinitely.
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp job fairs have been postponed.
  • The Jacksonville Icemen season has been suspended.
  • Clay County Library Systems scheduled programs and events have been canceled until April 1.
  • The Clay County Fair has been canceled out of an abundance of caution.  If you purchased tickets you can get a refund here
  • The Atlantic Sun has suspended all intercollegiate activity, that includes Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida.
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New York City to begin opening June 8  Update 2:50 p.m. EDT May 29: New York City is on track to begin reopening on June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made that announcement Friday, saying the nation’s worst pandemic hot spot is meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing. The governor said the city will “stockpile” personal protective equipment like masks, and will focus on infection rates in hot spots by ZIP code. Cuomo made the remarks as a large swath of upstate New York got the go-ahead Friday to reopen hair salons, retail shops and offices under strict guidelines. New York City remains the only region of the state that has not yet commenced economic rebirth. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier Friday that masks or face coverings are necessary for all employees and customers for reopenings to be safe and effective. Connecticut colleges and universities to hold in-person classes this fall Update 2:00 p.m. EDT May 29: Mark Ojakian, the president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, said the university system plans to reopen campuses this fall. CSCU consists of 17 campuses, including UConn and Yale, and will open Aug. 24, the Hartford Courant reported. The first day of classes will be Aug. 26. Ojakian said there will be safety policies and procedures put in place to keep faculty and students safe. “We still have a lot of planning to do and more questions need to be addressed in the coming weeks and months,' he said. Each school will have to prepare and present plans to reopen that meet state health and safety standards. Many classes will have online portions. According to the Hartford Courant, students will be able to attend in-person classes on campuses until Thanksgiving break. Students will be asked to leave campus for the holiday break and will remain off-campus, completing the rest of their courses and final exams virtually. Coronavirus cases continue to drop in New York; city prepares for phase one of reopening Update 12:20 p.m. EDT May 29: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is nearing milestones that would allow the city to begin reopening in the next few weeks. “We are confident that we will be able to go to phase one in the first two weeks of June,' he said during a news conference. “This is going to be based, of course, on the tangible indicators and thresholds from the state and the city. So that’s what will lead the decision. We have to have that factual evidence.' De Blasio said officials have not confirmed which day phase one will begin. He said officials are conducting conversations that will help them determine “the exact right date to start.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are down. De Blasio said Thursday that 5% of New York City residents tested positive for COVID-19. “Every day we’ve seen progress in recent weeks, today the lowest we’ve ever seen,” he said. “Congratulations everyone, this is putting us well on the way to our goal of opening in the first half of June. Well done NYC.' Sen. Bob Casey tests positive for COVID-10 antibodies Update 11:55 a.m. EDT May 29: Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey revealed Friday morning that he received a positive test result from a COVID-19 antibody test, which means that he “likely had COVID-19 at some point over the last several months and [has] since developed an antibody response to the virus,” he wrote in a statement. Casey said he experienced a low-grade fever and mild flu-like symptoms for days and he contacted his physician, but he was never tested for the coronavirus. He said he self-isolated and continued to work remotely, as his symptoms were “mild and manageable.” “I will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts by wearing a mask in public and observing social distancing practices, and I hope that others will do the same to help slow the spread of this virus,' Casey wrote in the statement. Doctors sue for mail access to abortion pill during coronavirus pandemic Update 5:55 a.m. EDT May 29: A group of doctors, in concert with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, challenging a rule that requires patients to visit medical facilities in order to obtain abortion pills. In the suit, the physicians argue patients should be allowed to have prescriptions for the drug mifepristone filled by mail, avoiding direct contact with potentially contaminated health care settings during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Of the more than 20,000 drugs regulated by the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration,) mifepristone is the only one that patients must receive in person at a hospital, clinic or medical office, yet may self-administer, unsupervised, at a location of their choosing,” the lawsuit states. Tyson Foods shuts down 7th meatpacking facility amid latest coronavirus outbreak Update 2:53 a.m. EDT May 29: Tyson Foods shut down its Storm Lake, Iowa, pork processing plant temporarily, following the latest novel coronavirus outbreak to infect the company’s operations. Citing a “delay in COVID-19 testing results” as a partial reason for the facility’s idling, the company issued a statement attributing the shutdown to “team member absences related to quarantine and other factors” as well. According to the Des Moines Register, 555 of the Storm Lake plant’s 2,517 employees have tested positive for the virus. The two-day stoppage is intended to allow for deep cleaning and sanitization with plans to reopen for business next week, the company statement said. Since the onset of the global pandemic, Tyson has shuttered six other facilities temporarily, including facilities in Waterloo, Columbus Junction and Perry, Iowa, as well as Dakota City, Nebraska; Logansport, Indiana; and Pasco, Washington, the Register reported. Iowa has confirmed a total of 18,586 novel coronavirus cases, resulting in 506 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. US deaths near 102K, total cases soar past 1.7M Published 12:49 a.m. EDT May 29: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 1.7 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,721,750 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 101,617 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 366,733 cases and 29,529 deaths and New Jersey with 157,185 cases and 11,409 deaths. Massachusetts, with 94,895 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,640, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 115,833. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Five other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 103,813 cases, resulting in 3,993 deaths • Pennsylvania: 74,220 cases, resulting in 5,373 deaths • Texas: 60,395 cases, resulting in 1,611 deaths • Michigan: 56,014 cases, resulting in 5,732 deaths • Florida: 53,285 cases, resulting in 2,364 deaths Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 33,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 18,586 and Arizona with 17,877; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 16,000 cases; Rhode Island and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Kansas, Kentucky and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Utah, the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,364; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • Jacksonville’s COVID-19 reopening plan presented to national audience. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry praised President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis and said their leadership really helped during the COVID-19 response.  “Together, we took actions immediately to flatten the curve and protect our health systems,” Mayor Curry said.  Mayor Curry was part of a panel of seven mayors from across the country, delivering a five-minute speech and answering questions from members of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee. Curry discussed how Jacksonville is using the $160 million it received through the Federal Cares Act Relief Package, providing $1,000 to 40,000 people.  The mayor also talked about testing.  “Our daily testing capacity is already double the amount experts say is a must and we are still adding more,” Curry said.  Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Republican, likes Mayor Curry’s restraint in handling COVID-19.  “I want to thank you mostly as someone who sits on the judiciary committee for respecting the constitution,” he said. Jordan asked the mayor if he closed churches and gun shops. The mayor said no.  Seattle’s mayor said this hearing isn’t the proper place for praise.  “We are here today to ask Congress, not for bumper stickers, but for help,” she said.  Congress Blaine Luetkemeyer asked if Jacksonville could handle a second wave.  Curry said, “I do not believe another shutdown is sustainable. I do not believe it’s an option..”
  • Overcoming obstacles is just what A. Philip Randolph senior Martin Folsom does. Despite living in shelters with his mom, Martin finished top of his class.  Despite being homeless and living in shelters with his mom, Martin finished top of his class -- and while he didn’t get to walk across the stage due to the pandemic, his accomplishments can never be taken away.  Hear the inspiring story of how Martin overcame every obstacle he’s faced in Action News Jax reporter Dani Bozzini’s story below.
  • According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, there was a reported officer-involved shooting in the Casey’s Liquors parking lot. According to Sheriff Bill Leeper the NCSO Narcotics Taskforce, which includes officers from NCSO, Fernandina Beach Police and state agencies, came together in the parking lot of Casey’s Liquors for a drug bust of a suspect that had been trafficking a felony amount of heroin.  The suspect was a 3-time convicted felon from Georgia, according to NCSO.  Deputies tried to get the suspect but he fled and hit some mobile homes. NSCO said the suspect put the car in reverse and drove toward an officer.  NCSO said the officer fired his gun and killed the suspect. The officer is from the Fernandina Beach Police Department and no officers were hurt according to NSCO.  Leeper said during the press conference that FDLE would be investigating.

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